[Tagging] Help explain the difference between path and track

brad bradhaack at fastmail.com
Tue Jun 9 21:00:26 UTC 2020


A track does have a different function, it can handle a 2 track vehicle, 
a path can't.

If functional is sacrosanct,  why do we have motorway?   A motorway 
could just be a trunk or primary with extra tags denoting limited access.

On 6/9/20 2:11 PM, Mike Thompson wrote:
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 1:55 PM brad <bradhaack at fastmail.com 
> <mailto:bradhaack at fastmail.com>> wrote:
> >
> > It already says this:
> > "Some highway=track are used for various leisure activities - 
> hiking, cycling, or as jeep/ATV trails. "
> > on the track wiki. 
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dtrack
> Right, there is nothing that says that a track cannot be used for 
> additional purposes, only that its primary function is agricultural or 
> forestry.
>
> > I propose changing the path page from this:
> > "If a path is wide enough for 4-wheel-vehicles (wider than 2 m), and 
> it is not legally signposted or otherwise only allowed for 
> pedestrians, cyclists or horseriders, it is often better tagged as a 
> highway=track or highway=service. "
> >
> > to this:
> > "If a path is wide enough for 4-wheel-vehicles (wider than 2 m), it 
> is often better tagged as a highway=track or highway=service. "
> 1) So we are getting away from the whole notion of "functional 
> classification"?  highway=track will only be a proxy for some 
> physical/legal access characteristics?
> 2) If we are going to use this definition I would propose stronger 
> language than "often better tagged", perhaps "should almost always be 
> tagged."
>
> Mike
>
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